Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Review: The Book of Mormon at the Orpheum

Today, we went to see a performance of "The Book of Mormon" at the Orpheum Theater in San Francisco.

I wanted to see this musical last year (2012-2013 season) but could not find seats (it was all sold out).
I was hoping to get seats this year, but again, no seats were available (and I did not want to pay scalper's prices) or try the lottery.

Luckily, a friend of ours offered to sell us her tickets, so we went to see if after all.

The musical was definitely very funny, and a big parody of the Mormon religion (and maybe even all religion in general). There were many funny moments: the song "Hello" at the beginning of the musical, the "Turn It Off" number, and especially the Uganda natives' performance of what they have learned for the elders.

Inna really liked it as thought it was as good as Anything Goes (we saw last year). I am really partial to Cole Porter's musicals and at least in my opinion, the music and lyrics of Cole Porter are in a different league.

I still enjoyed it as a nice farce (though balcony seats were a bit too far away).

According to Wikipedia:

The Book of Mormon is a religious satire musical with book, lyrics, and music by Trey ParkerRobert Lopez, and Matt Stone.[1] Best known for creating the animated comedy South Park, Parker and Stone co-created the music with Lopez, a co-composer/co-lyricist of Avenue Q. The show lampoons organized religion and traditional musical theatre, reflecting the creators' lifelong fascination with Mormonism and musicals.[2]
The Book of Mormon tells the story of two young Mormon missionaries sent to a remote village in northern Uganda, where a brutal warlord is threatening the local population. Na├»ve and optimistic, the two missionaries try to share the Book of Mormon, one of their scriptures—which only one of them has read—but have trouble connecting with the locals, who are more worried about warfaminepoverty, and AIDS than about religion.[3] 
After nearly seven years of development, the show opened on Broadway in March 2011. The Book of Mormon has garnered overwhelmingly positive critical response and numerous theatre awards including nine Tony Awards, one of which was for Best Musical, and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. An original Broadway cast recording was released in May 2011 and became the highest-charting Broadway cast album in over four decades, reaching No. 3 on the Billboard charts.[4]
Here are some videos of popular songs from the Book of Mormon.